The turbnine factory isnt even owned by the UK, its a Danish firm that was nice enough to build the plant there...and take advantage of the cheap labor. lol
Now that the global warming farse has been exposed the demand for this snake oil is dropping...instead of finding a more productive way to make a living, the peasants revolt.
Wind turbine workers revolt in UK’s first green collar strike
by GreenWire.org.uk. Published Tue 21 Jul 2009 11:39
Workers are staging a sit-in at the Vestas turbine plant
Protestors from environmental groups have this morning joined striking workers at the UK’s only wind turbine blade factory.
As previously reported on ClickGreen, the Vestas plant in Newport on the Isle of Wight is due to be closed at the end of the month with the loss of 525 jobs.
Around 25 employees barricaded themselves into the admin building on the site at 7.30pm last night in the country’s first green collar strike. They have unfurled banners from the windows and are staging a currently peaceful sit-in, though they have insisted that they will remain in occupation until the Government agrees to discuss their proposals for nationalisation of the factory.
Danish firm Vestas, which is the world’s largest wind energy group and recently reported a quarterly sales rise of nearly 60 percent, stated in April that the Isle of Wight plant would be shut down due to lack of demand. The closure of a research facility in Southampton, with 100 employees, was also announced.
At the time Vestas blamed a slowdown in demand, the weak pound and “a lack of political initiatives”. Chief Executive Ditlev Engel described building wind turbines in the UK as “extremely time-consuming and extremely complicated”, adding: “Nimbyism is a huge challenge”.
Threatened workers are also angry at the discrepancy between the Government’s statements of green intent and what is happening on the ground. One man inside the factory said: “It's crazy for [Environment Secretary] Ed Miliband to be making statement after statement about green energy and green jobs and at the same time this factory is being closed.
“It would be tiny step financially to keep this factory open, but it would be a huge statement about the Government's commitment to the green economy. Just as they could not afford to let the banks fail, they can't afford to let this fail.”
Another protestor stated: “We are fighting for our jobs and a greener environment. We want the Government to nationalise the company and stick to their word because they have stated in the past week that they want to create as many green jobs as possible but they seem quite happy to let this factory close.”
Hampshire Police officers are attending the scene, where environmental activists are gathering to lend their support to those inside the building, but have not yet intervened. Vestas management has made no comment.
A spokesperson for the Campaign Against Climate Change said: “We give the workers our full support. The Government should take over the plant and restart production and if there currently is not enough demand for wind turbines, then it should build more wind farms itself.”
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